Affiliate Marketing: Where Do You Begin?

Affiliate Marketing in Kenya: Where Do You Begin?

Much like everything else, affiliate marketing begins with a desire. Although, the noble cause would be the desire to help people or to make the world a better place and all that, the cold hard truth here is that: affiliate marketers desire money.

That is the fundamental truth. After that, comes other truths like: the freedom to do whatever you want, when you want; being your own boss; working fewer hours in the week and making much more; perfectly integrating your work-life balance and so on. What no one tells you is that none of these things are possible when you are broke. So, money is the main desire here!

That being settled, how do we get about the business of becoming an affiliate marketer in Kenya?

Educate Yourself

This is the very first thing you need to do. But since you are reading this, I guess you already figured that out. When it comes to affiliate marketing, there are so many sources of information that you never really know who to go with.

I have found that all you need is between 3-5 reliable sources of information that you can tap into when you are getting started. Personally, I’m a huge fan of: Niche Hacks by Stuart and High Paying Affiliate Programs by Bill. Honestly, these two guys combine almost everything you need to know about the niches and programs out there in two neat bows. I am sure there is a host of other resources out there, but for now, these two work perfectly for a newbie who does not know where to begin.

You will also need to learn about the different ways through which you can market your products. As the great affiliate marketers will tell you, you will need to build a site, if not sites that you can use as traffic funnels for your promotions.

We are going to look at the different ways on how to build a site, the different kinds of sites you need and even how you can promote your products without any site. But for now, all we need are the basics. Which when it comes to affiliate marketing, is easier said than grasped.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Quite essentially, this is promoting other peoples products for a commission.

Why Affiliate Marketing?

If you can get people to listen to you, this is what you were meant to do. As an affiliate marketer, all you have to worry about is getting people to see and buy your promotions. You do not need to worry about product development, customer service or even delivery.

Can This Be Done In Kenya?

Absolutely. The world is a global market place now and almost everything that can be done in one end can be replicated in another. Granted, there are some customization that come with the different territories, but the basics are the same. So, yes, you can be a successful affiliate marketer in Kenya. You just need to educate yourself. Try this resource to get you started:

The Basics of Global Affiliate marketing

How Much Can You Make?

The whole reason I decided to take this route is because there is absolutely no limit to how much you can make. It all depends on the:

– Niche you choose
– The Affiliate programs you choose
– Products you choose
– The network or emailing list
– And your tenacity

I know of affiliate marketers who are making $98,000 + a month. I am not saying that that is the standard going rate, what I am saying is that it is possible to make an obscene amount of money through affiliate marketing. The best part is this is mostly passive income. All you have to do is set up your system, maintain it from time to time and sit back and watch the money roll in.

Although, this is what misleads many would-be-affiliate marketers. Making that kind of money takes a great deal of initial work. You will have to read, try and error on a couple of things and you will spend hours on your computer before you get the hand of it and before you can start making that much money. Truth be told, there are affiliate marketers that only make $50 a month. But with the right guidance and determination, you can make much more. Try these resources for starters:

81 Useful Affiliate Marketing Resources

What Do You Need As A New Affiliate Marketer In Kenya?

Since we said we are going to go step by step, here is what you need to do first:

1. Find yourself a niche.

This needs to be something that you love because you are probably going to be talking and writing about it a lot. You should also be comfortable being associated with that niche. I will right on how to choose a niche in a following article.

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Affiliate Marketing In Kenya

I will not purport to be an expert in this, nor will I say that I have made millions as an affiliate marketer. In fact, if you are searching for these keywords, ‘affiliate marketing in Kenya’, chances are we are on the same boat. We are both tired of working for ‘The Man’ and we have decided that it’s about time we put all that time and effort into working for a different kind of ‘Man’. One that actually pays us what our effort is worth. OURSELVES!!

I have been writing articles online for over a year now. One thing that has consistently stood out in all that time, is that most of my clients want me to either write a ‘product review’, ‘press release’ or some other kind of promotional material for a certain service or product they were offering their readers. The fact that they were willing to pay good money for those articles got me curious. So I asked one of them what that was all about. And that is how I got turned on to ‘affiliate marketing’.

I know, it’s not a very profound story, but it’s the truth. What am I gonna do??!

Anyway, I started reading up on this online. And most of what I found was material on how people were making thousands of dollars every month on a network called ‘Clickbank’. So naturally, I got all hot and bothered! I wanted a piece of that cake. Hell, I had been working online for over a year and I hadn’t made such huge amounts of passive income.

So, naturally, I delved a little deeper. I wanted to know how they were doing this and I wanted that information yesterday. I read articles, watched videos, saw income proof from a host of newbies just like me and I decided this here thing could be done.

So, I got to signing up for Clickbank, until I realized, I couldn’t do that in Kenya. Not with Clickbank. I was a little disappointed, but I figured, just because I wasn’t going to make all those millions through Clickbank, doesn’t mean that I was doomed to living a life of squalor. There are, after all, a million ways to kill a rat! (am not sure why you would need that many ways to kill a little rodent, but there you go!)

So, what did I do? Like you, I went on to Google and typed in ‘Affiliate marketing in Kenya’. Although I found very valuable information from wonderful blogs such as this one by Felix, and another wonderful resource by Walter, and by far, one of the most helpful blogs by Naserian, I did not quite find what I was looking for. And that was a blog dedicated to affiliate marketing in Kenya.

So, I said to myself, ‘self, we are going to do this!’ We are going to build a resource where all the budding affiliate marketers in Kenya can come and get information, share experiences and hopefully learn something that will help us in this particularly lucrative, but fraught with B%$#&8, path we are on.

Long story short (I know, it’s a little too late for that, but again, what can I do?), I am going to dedicate the rest of my foreseeable future to make this a success. I know it can be done, because it has been done before.
Now, if you have the guts for it,…the hunger, the desire and the ‘force’, come with me on this journey. Let us learn and grow rich together.

The best part, if you can consider it that, is that we are starting from scratch. Look! It’s a wordpress blog….the free kind! I will not hide anything from you. I will not discover some secret success formula only to send you on a wild goose chase in the opposite direction. Mostly because, I am nice like that, and because, you never know, that ‘wrong’ path I send you down might just be the one that leads you to your millions. How awful would that be for me? So, no! We will be open and trusting here. Your comments, your experiences, gratitude, dissatisfaction and pretty much anything that has anything to do with being an affiliate marketer in Kenya is highly welcome here.

My part is to gather all the relevant information I can on this subject, try it out, simplify it and post it here. Your part is to stick with me the whole way. Let us advice each other…call each other out on ‘non-sense-making’ ideas and prosper together. Yes? Good.

(Now that the introductions are made, how do I get you guys here??? Mmmmh!)